Wide-area digital health record initiatives, like the Alberta Netcare Electronic Health Record and the Alberta Health Services Provincial Clinical Information System, give hope for better coordination of care across generations, geographies and services. However, experience shows that clinical improvement is more a matter of people and processes than products or technologies. Our true paradigm change, and great opportunity, occurs when we move from sequestered to shared health records. Doing this brings all health professions into new and unfamiliar information ecosystems. Indeed, a new professionalism is required to facilitate collaborative documentation, care planning, communication and shared decision-making. The Alberta Health Information Executive Committee has commissioned and endorsed a White Paper about health information exchange and the need for innovative norms, standards and expectations of all health professions. This is an important read.
HIEC White Paper: evidence.ahs-cis.ca?=12290
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